Title: Everyday History
Author: Alice Archer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Page Count: 352
Reviewed by: Parvathy
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Headstrong Ruben Harper has yet to meet an obstacle he can’t convert into a speed bump. He’s used to getting what he wants from girls, but when he develops a fascination for a man, his wooing skills require an upgrade. After months of persuasion, he scores a dinner date with Henry Normand that morphs into an intense weekend. The unexpected depth of their connection scares Ruben into fleeing.
Shy, cautious Henry, Ruben’s former high school history teacher, suspects he needs a wake-up call, and Ruben appears to be his siren. But when Ruben bolts, Henry is left struggling to find closure. Inspired by his conversations with Ruben, Henry begins to write articles about the memories stored in everyday objects. The articles seduce Ruben with details from their weekend together and trigger feelings too strong to avoid. As Henry’s snowballing fame takes him out of town and further out of touch, Ruben stretches to close the gaps that separate them.
Everyday History is a book which provides an entirely different reading experience. At first I had a little difficulty getting into the story. But once I did , saying that I was completely enamored would not be enough. This book talks about student teacher relationship and yet it is about coming of age, of love, loss, about acceptance, about fighting for love and also the history behind every minute thing,no matter how insignificant it’s place might be, in our life.
Ruben and Henry are not characters who make sense together when we read about them. They are opposites in so many ways. But slowly as the story progresses we see how they are perfect for each other and how their relationship would work. Their love story is not something which happens right from the beginning of the book, it is something which is developed and comes into focus only as story progresses. What is so different about this story is the beauty in everyday things and the way those things are a symbol of love. I fell in love with the way Henry expressed his love for Ruben through his everyday histories. This book had an abundance of feelings which was expressed in a very subtle way yet still managed to make me feel the emotions portrayed in the book. Ruben and Henry had a love story which is different and completely captivating.
Everyday History is a book which is not a conventional love story. It might take a while to get into the story but once you do, it will capture your heart and make you fall in love with this beautiful and heartfelt book and all the wonderful characters.